China's best Latin dance couples prepare for Asian Games

16:57, November 10, 2010      

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For the first time in Asian Games history, Dancesport will be a medal event. In Guangzhou, 10 gold medals will be up for grabs in Latin and Standard dance categories. In all 6 couples will represent China and here is a look at how the 3 couples who will take part in the Latin dances are stepping their way to the Games.

Chen Jin, Competing in Samba & Paso Doble, said, "We have been partners for quite a long time. Our confidence comes from our long-time mutual trust. I think we should be 100 percent confident in ourselves"

China's best Latin dance couples prepare for Asian Games

Beijing Dance Institute's dream dancing pair Wang Wei, Chen Jin, wowed spectators and the judges with their spicy Samba and Paso Doble dances at the Zhengzhou leg of China Dance Series. The duo are currently the no. 1 Latin dance pairs in China and will represent their country at the Asian Games.

Wang Wei, Competing in Samba & Paso Doble, said, "We must be very passionate to perform our dances. During the 1 minute and 15 seconds, we must attract the full attention of the spectators. Meanwhile, separate from our passion, we must stay cool to focus on our dancing skills and ensure all our movements are made correctly. "

When it comes to dancing skills, series second placed couple Shi Lei and Zhang Baiyu are considered elite. They showcased their multiple skills to show they're preparation for the Five Dances event.

Shi Lei, Competing in Five Dances, said,"The five dances have different styles. We must be very clear in our mind what mood we get into for each dance. We need to feel the different music as well."

Zhang Baiyu, Competing in Five Dances, said,"Our confidence relies on our mutual trust. I believe in myself and my partner. We both believe we are the best."

Jive is the last event in Latin Dance. For Chinese couple Fan Wenbo and Chen Shiyao, their routine for the Asian Games is more than a dance.

The three pairs have won numerous titles across the country and the world, but they may face tough challenges in Guangzhou.

Hu Jianguo, Director of Social Sports Center, SGAS, said, "Dancers from Japan, South Korea as well as Chinese Taipei have made great efforts to compete with those from China's mainland, especially those from Japan and Chinese Taipei."

The Latin dance events will go under the the dance floor's spotlight on Nov 13th. These three couples, comprising the best China has to offer, are ready to make their Asian Games dreams come true.



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